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Financial Services

Question for Treasury

UIN HL2188, tabled on 3 March 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) any risk to the stability of the financial system from the potential failure of large portfolio risk management systems, and (2) the level of competition between providers of such systems to banks, insurers and fund managers.

Answered on

16 March 2020

HM Treasury works closely with the Bank of England, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (collectively the ‘Financial Authorities’) to ensure that the financial system is robust to a wide range of operational risks.

Responsibility for the UK finance sector’s networks and systems is primarily for the firms themselves, and we expect firms to assess and manage the risks arising from the use of systems provided by a third party.

We continue to work closely with the other Financial Authorities and industry to assess third-party risks in the sector. In December 2019, the Bank of England published a Consultation Paper which outlined updated policy proposals regarding outsourcing and third-party risk management.

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